One-Armed Volleyball Player Dies After Playing Last Month

June 5, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

A one-armed volleyball player who played in May after he suffered cancer has died, according to reports this week.

Eduard Nogay, who lost his arm due to cancer but returned to playing for his Brooklyn high school last month, died early on Tuesday, reported the New York Daily News. Nogay died after midnight with his three best friends.

“It was a beautiful but devastating moment,” his coach, Kim Tolve, told the paper.

At around 6 p.m. on Monday, Nogay had his 18th birthday but experienced breathing trouble.

He played for Ft. Hamilton High School–his team–during a May 7 playoff win with only one arm.

“I don’t want to say it has all just rolled off him, because he did understand it was serious,” Tolve told the New York Post in May. “But he has been able to rebound. … Even the doctors and the nurses said they’d never seen a 17-year-old deal with this type of heartache and strife without flinching.